Letters to the Editor

Letters to the editor, Oct. 25 edition | different view of YUSD board, Yes on Prop. 11

Edward Guzman, paramedic and executive director of Sierra Ambulance Service, is urging a yes vote on Proposition 11. He’s seen in this undated photo standing at the left of the ambulance as a patient is transferred from a helicopter to an ambulance.
Edward Guzman, paramedic and executive director of Sierra Ambulance Service, is urging a yes vote on Proposition 11. He’s seen in this undated photo standing at the left of the ambulance as a patient is transferred from a helicopter to an ambulance. Sierra Star archive

Disagrees with Atwood assessment

Yosemite School District Interim Superintendent Mike Berg recently spoke at our local REALTORS® Association meeting, giving us an assessment of the financial status of the district. “It looks good,” he told us. He also praised the District’s Governing Board for their role in turning the district’s financial condition around to a solid financial footing.

Then I picked up my Sierra Star and read Bill Atwood’s assault on the current board. You would think they were talking about two different boards. Bill wrote “...Mike Berg, has done an outstanding righting the ship but it had zero to do with this current board.” Really Bill? Zero? Which board brought Mike Berg in to help them in “righting the ship?” Which board worked with him and made the difficult decisions necessary in “righting the ship?”

Truth is, Bill, both Mike Berg and the board did an outstanding job of righting the ship! I would think you would have known that.

Having some experience as a school board trustee, I have some knowledge of the board’s dependence on administration for timely and accurate information. The previous administrator failed to do that, and as consequence, is no longer employed by the district. Which board terminated her employment?

We all know too well how Atwood likes to be controversial. But to replace proven, experienced board members (Mike Berg did tell us that the district has a good board) with unknowns, however qualified they may be, seems foolhardy.

Ed Bailey, Oakhurst

Ambulance director: Yes on 11

Vote YES on Proposition 11. This initiative will require that private-sector EMTs and paramedics remain available for 911 calls even during rest and meal breaks, as is the current practice for EMS, fire and law enforcement.

A recent California Supreme Court ruling, Augustus vs. ABM Security, now requires security guards to be “relieved of all work duties” when on break. This narrow court ruling may be applied to the EMS sector. Lawsuits have already been filed.

Proposition 11 excludes private ambulance providers from this ruling.

Without Proposition 11, employers will be required to take ambulances completely off-line when on rest or meal break. It means that if an ambulance is on break and a child is hit by a car around the corner, a distant ambulance would have to be sent. No one wants that; not the employer and not the paramedics who are dedicated to their community. But this is what the current court ruling will mandate.

Sierra Ambulance operates paramedics in Coarsegold, Oakhurst and Bass Lake. Each station is 10 miles from the other. Our Coarsegold crew could be on mandatory break and a 911 call could come in Coarsegold. We would have to send the Oakhurst crew from 10 miles farther. These types of situations will happen without Proposition 11.

A yes vote on Prop. 11 will guarantee that the closest ambulance will be sent to your 911 call, which has been the common practice for decades.

Edward Guzman, Oakhurst

paramedic and executive director, Sierra Ambulance Service

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